Margaret Spellings--the person Bush political strategist Karl Rove called "the most influential woman in Washington that you've never heard of"--was tapped Nov. 17 to become the next U.S. Secretary of Education.

Her nomination by President Bush came just four days after current ED Secretary Rod Paige's resignation. (See: "Bush II: Paige out, NCLB to high school")

Spellings, 46, has a long association with Bush, having served as his senior adviser while he was governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. During the president's first term, Spellings served in the White House as


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